With Israel staring down a serious spike in coronavirus cases, Netanyahu imposed new restrictions on movement and gatherings last week.
Rasslan is an Arab citizen of Israel who grew up in Haifa, and Zarbiv, who is Jewish, immigrated to Israel from Pittsburgh.
The friendship and art-making of Gertman, a Jew, and Faten Elwi, an Arab, began against the unlikely backdrop of the Second Intifada.
The coaches and players come together with an especially deep sense of purpose and mission because of all that the team represents.
The Branch podcast checks up on people from across Israel to see how they fared in the pandemic, and how reopening is treating them.
A 27-year-old Pilates instructor was walking home from the beach in Jaffa on Saturday afternoon when she got an alarming text message. According to “an epidemiological investigation,” it said, she had been in contact with a Covid-positive person on the previous Saturday between 4 and 5 p,m., and now was “obligated to go into isolation immediately”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set Wednesday as the date when he might begin a process of unilaterally annexing sections of the West Bank — land that Palestinians see as illegally occupied and the heart of their future state.
As decisions vacillate, Israeli parents have been left to navigate the risk factors for their own children.
The bookstore café that David Ehrlich opened as a dream 26 years ago, a place that became a Jerusalem institution for people who appreciated words, was called Tmol Shilshom. It’s Hebrew for “Only Yesterday”, taken from the title of the great Hebrew writer Shai Agnon’s masterpiece.
This article is adapted from The Branch, a monthly podcast exploring individual relationships between Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians. The Branch is produced by Hadassah and created by Dina Kraft, a journalist based in Tel Aviv. Sign up here to be notified when new episodes are published.